Dubai, Aug 20: A man from Kerala lost his job in Oman after he mocked Kerala flood victims on Facebook. The man, Rahul Cheru Palayattu, was sacked from the Lulu Group International after he made insensitive comments on a social media post on the plight of the flood-hit victims in Kerala. He worked as a cashier at the company's branch in Oman.
According to Dubai-based Khaleej Times, Rahul mocked the sanitation requirements of the flood victims in Kerala on Facebook. "This is to inform that we have terminated your service with immediate effect because of your highly insensitive and derogatory comments on social media with regard to current flood situation in Kerala, India," read the termination letter.
It further added, "You are hereby instructed to handover all your official responsibilities to your reporting Manager immediately and to contact the Accounts Department for your final settlement." Chief Communications Officer (CCO) of Lulu group V Nandakumar said Rahul was sacked to give strong message to hatemongers.
"We took immediate steps to terminate his services and send out a very loud and clear message to the society about our stance in such issues. We as an organization have always stood for humanitarian values and highest ethical practices," Nandakumar said in a statement. After losing his job, Rahul posted another video on Facebook and apologised for his comments.
"I am really sorry for what I did. I was in an inebriated state when I posted that message. At that time I did not know what I did was a grave mistake," he wrote. Here it may be noted that Indian billionaire and owner of Lulu group, MA Yusuff Ali, who also hails from Kerala, donated 9.23 million UAE dirhams for relief operations in the flood-hit state.
Kerala has been facing its worst flooding in a century, with nearly 400 people being killed. The state has suffered a loss of Rs. 19,512 crore due to the deluge, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. (With ANI inputs)